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Agricultural Landuse in BSB

 

On 19th April 2018, Dr. Shafi Noor Islam gave a FASS seminar entitled 'Urban and Peri-Urban Agricultural Landuse Pattern of Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei Darussalam: An Analysis'. The study investigates the environmental condition and the agricultural land development planning in urban and peri-urban areas in Bandar Seri Begawan.

Urban and peri-urban agriculture make a significant contribution to the fresh food supply of many countries and it takes special care of urban diets, including exotic or perishable vegetables, fruits, fresh milk and poultry products.

The area of Brunei-Muara District is 571 km². About 25% of the area is a rural and 75% is urban.

Previously the area of Bandar Seri Begawan was 12.87 km². In 1st August 2009, it was expanded to 100.36 km². In ensuring the security of food supply and contributing to GDP, Brunei Darussalam has stressed agriculture and agrifood development.

The landuse patterns of Sungai Kedayan in 2005.

The Brunei-Muara District has many inherent advantages in agriculture due to its proximity to the main population base of the nation. However, there is only small scale of agricultural landuse practices in BSB, and the total gazette area for this urban agricultural site is just 32.8 ha.

The Wasan, Limau Manis, Btg Perhentian and KKP Bebuloh areas are practicing rice cultivation, and Btg Perhentian grows rice and and has fruits and poultry farming.

Peri-urban agricultural landuse on Wasan Paddy fields in 2010 (left) and 2017 (right).

Recent figures on agriculture show:

 

 

In 2016 showed the highest contribution of agriculture to GDP , with a total of B$90.46 million, representing 0.57%. Between 2010 and 2016, there was an increase of about B$20.21 million, representing an increase in 0.19% in the contribution to GDP. In 2015, vegetable cultivation represented 54.5% of the total, with a total value of B$58.3 million.

 

Peri-urban laila rice cultivation in Wasan in 2017.